CFC Prospect Game head coach heading to the Hall of Fame

It was a special week for every CFC Prospect Game participant who got the chance to work with guest coach Henry Burris at the inaugural event last year in Ottawa. Now it’s Burris’ special week with his induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame after an illustrious 17 year career.

For the next generation, they’ll know him best as Smilin’ Hank bringing analysis every week on TSN during CFL broadcasts, but those who got to see him play will never forget his gunslinger mentality on the field.


Burris spent stints with the Calgary Stampeders, Ottawa REDBLACKS, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders, plus a three year tour of the NFL and NFL Europe. He retired on top of the world after bringing the Grey Cup back to Ottawa in 2016, adding to his overflowing trophy case that includes two more Grey Cup rings with the Stampeders in 1998 and 2008, two Grey Cup MVP Awards, two Most Outstanding Player Awards and seven all-star nomination across both divisions. The stats back up the hardware as well registering 63,227 yards and 374 touchdowns, with both numbers good enough for third on the CFL all-time leaderboard behind only Anthony Calvillo and Damon Allen.

Burris is now on his way to becoming a legendary broadcast figure in Canadian football as well, and his passion for the next generation was on full display during his guest coach appearance at the inaugural CFC Prospect Game on TSN. There was no frowning allowed on Hank’s sideline at TD Place Stadium, and by the end of the day there were smiles all around with Team Burris pulling away from Team Dunigan in a wild 41-24 shootout.

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